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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 29)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My opening comes from Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes, the second in the DCI Louisa Smith series which began with Under a Silent Moon.

Behind Closed Doors

‘To begin with, nothing was certain except her own terror . . .’
Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith’s career and when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Was she abducted or did she run away?
As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett’s past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to the truth about what really went on behind closed doors, it is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined. NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

SCARLETT – Rhodes, Saturday 23 August 2003, 04:44

To begin with, nothing was certain except her own terror.
Darkness, and stifling heat, so hot that breathing felt like effort, sweat pouring off her so her skin itself became liquid and she thought she would simply melt into a hot puddle of nothing. She tried crying out, screaming, but she could barely hear her own voice above the roar of the engine, the sound of the wheels moving at speed on tarmac. All that did was give her a sore throat. Nobody could hear her.

Please note that this excerpt is taken from a proof copy

Do you want to know more? Or perhaps you’ve already read this book?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

37 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 29)

  1. the style of writing itself wouldn’t encourage me to read more but the premise of the book sounds interesting. Shades of the real life story of the disappearance of Madelaine Mccann??


  2. Oh, this does sound intriguing, Cleo! That speculation about why she would have disappeared – fascinating! Thanks for sharing.


  3. Oh, now I was confusing this author with someone else and thinking, nah, didn’t enjoy the last one much. But I checked to be sure, (my memory being appalling) and actually I did enjoy the last one – a totally different book to the one I was thinking of. So I’ll be keen to hear what you make of this one…


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